Loyal CCT readers will remember a House of Kolor Green Pearl '67 Chevy shortbed on our Nov. '03 cover. Owned by Dana Rogalski, the Bow Tie had Belltech drop spindles in the front, while the rear framerails were C-notched with cut coil springs to achieve a pavement-sniffing ride height. Unfortunately, pavement scraper is a term that has literal meaning when speed bumps, steep-angle driveways, and road surface irregularities are encountered by the gallant green machine.

Once Dana scraped up sufficient green, he decided to replace the roughshod ride of his bouncing Bow Tie by 'bagging it. He selected Air Ride Technologies (ART) of Jasper, Indiana, for the components to make his hauler a rolling magic carpet ride. As the name implies, the ARF11800 front airspring/bracket/shock kit for '63-'87 GM C10 trucks includes everything required for 'bagging the frontend. To replace his worn shock absorbers in the back, he purchased a set of rear ART gas shocks. The airbag kit for the caboose -- the ARC21800 system -- is for '63-'72 C10s. For filling and deflating the system, an ARC4700 Big Red compressor kit, which includes a Viair 400c compressor, a 5-gallon tank, and 3/8-inch air lines and fittings (with complete installation instructions), rounded out Dana's equipment procurement.

Since our Chevy-crazy pal still had cash burning a hole in his wallet, he did some research to discover a nearby professional shop to perform the installation. Phase II Autotrends, located in Lakewood, California, was selected from a reliable recommendation. This was CCT's first opportunity to meet the crew at Phase II and see them in action. Phase II's owners, Adam Roland and Jay Nieto, both have a retail store that markets billet wheels, tires, A/V systems, body kits, and suspension systems, and has an impressive shop staffed by master technicians. There's a family and team atmosphere at Phase II Autotrends. Adam, Jay, Omar, Tony, Carlos, Rondel, and Adam's teenage cousin Reggie comprise the enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew at Phase II. Follow along as the shop's talented technician, Tony, took command of the ART airbag install. CCT

SOURCE
Air Ride Technologies
350 S. Charles St
Jasper
IN  47546
812-482-2932
www.ridetech.com
Phase II Autotrends
Dept. CCT
Lakewood
CA  90712
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